A comeback bid by the Hannibal softball team was abruptly cut short Saturday morning during a 3-2 loss at Bowling Green.

A comeback bid by the Hannibal softball team was abruptly cut short Saturday morning during a 3-2 loss at Bowling Green.

Hannibal loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to bring Taylor Simms to the plate.

The bat was soon taken out of the freshman’s hands.

Lady Bobcats catcher Gabi Deters fired a throw to third base to pick off the Lady Pirates' lead runner Kennedy Schmohe on a close and controversial play to end the game.

Bowling Green (17-1) won its 16th straight and in doing so stopped a 6-game winning streak for Hannibal (12-8).

"We were doing exactly what we were supposed to do,” Hannibal coach Kendra Murphy said of the final inning. "We were getting runners on, things were falling our way and we had Simms at the plate, who’s been super hot lately. We were excited to see her step into the batter’s box and we had complete confidence she was going to put the ball in play. It’s just a shame she didn’t get a chance to do that."

Hannibal seniors Tori Moore and Olivia Pfeifer each delivered 2-out singles to extend the frame against Lady Bobcats hurler Summer Scherder, who earned the complete-game win.

Scherder held the visitors scoreless through five innings and at one point retired seven straight batters.

"We really did not hit the ball very well today,” Murphy said. "We had been preparing both mentally and physically to see their No. 1 (Sarah Harness), not knowing she injured herself earlier this week and that’s why she didn’t throw. It took our girls a while to come out of that mindset and realize that’s not what we’re going to see.”

Josie Zeiger provided a breakthrough moment for Hannibal in the sixth inning. The junior slugged a 2-run, 2-out home run to center field to tie the score 2-all.

"It was pretty much a no-doubter,” Murphy said of the blast.

In the home half of the frame, Bowling Green responded with a 2-out RBI double by Kaylyn McKee to retake the lead.

That proved to be the game-winner.

The Lady Bobcats’ other tallies came unearned against Hannibal starter Desarae Garcia, who pitched six innings and struck out six in the losing effort. Bowling Green took a 1-0 lead in the first and tacked on another in the third.

"Desi threw a phenomenal game today,” Murphy said. "She was on point. If she continues like she did today, we’re going to keep winning. Against a lineup that potent all the way up and down, she did exactly what she was supposed to do today.”

The Lady Pirates committed three errors on the day, an area of concern for the fifth-year coach.

"If we want to win districts, if we want to keep advancing after that, this is the caliber of team we have to be able to beat,” she said. "We played excellent defense at times but we also made some errors that allowed them to get two more runs than what they should’ve had. That would’ve been the difference in the ballgame."

Hannibal travels to face Kirksville on Tuesday.